Traffic lights are one frustrating sight especially when one is going to work, dropping kids off to school or going out for shopping. It may sound like a heaven for the drivers to not have to stop at the traffic light while going about doing their daily chores.
Like it is said that need is the mother of all inventions, technology is undergoing a lot of innovative change. Currently technology is undergoing trials on a daily basis to make “riding the green wave’ a reality. This particularly indicates to the driver to speed drive at a certain speed in order to be able to find a green light at traffic signal. Hence eliminating the need for the drive to stop at the red light. This is strategically done in coordination with the traffic light timings from a roadside unit display.
Currently Ford is testing the technology to understand the benefits of connected cars for UK Autodrive. It is one of the largest self-drive and connected car trial in Britain. It is a £20 million project publically initiated and funded. The basic aim is to test and develop vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies that will aid in making driving less of a hassle and time consuming, along with improving the efficiency of fuel.
Christain Ress, supervisor, Driver Assist Technologies, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, says that after a long day it’s frustrating to stop at traffic lights one after the other and start driving again to reach home.
It is of great advantage to launch “ride the green wave” technology this will make the journey continuous, smooth and improve traffic on roads as well. It will also aid in reducing carbon Dioxide as well as fuel consumption.
If calculated, drivers in UK spend 2 days waiting at traffic lights, whereas similar technologies in Amsterdam and Copenhagen enable cyclists to evade red lights. If somehow the riders fail to avoid red light, the systems indicate the time of waiting for that particular red light.
Ford’s Mondeo Hybrid cars are also testing Emergency Electronic Brake lights. These lights indicate and warn a driver 500 meters ahead, if a car in front suddenly breaks hard. More vast technologies are under consideration for testing purpose. Technologies to be tested next year also include the feature that will indicate drivers about the blockage in junctions ahead along with giving displaying on the system if there is a fire engine, an ambulance or a police car is approaching.